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Old 12-03-2010, 04:21 PM   #21
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Over a foot of snow has fallen since this (my last brewday). Once I dig out, I'm going to run another batch. She is getting a little chilly right now with overnight lows hovering around -20, but its better than the nastiness of a -40 mid January eve.

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Old 12-03-2010, 05:41 PM   #22
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Low of 51 this morning and that is the coldest it has been since March. I would be going nucking futs if I had to deal with such ridiculously cold weather.

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I do all my brewing for the year in the winter or early spring. As said, I can easily warm the wort up more than I can cool it down.
First brewday of the season will be this weekend, first all grain, so fingers are crossed that everything comes at least close.

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Old 12-03-2010, 09:34 PM   #24
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I *LOVE* brewing in winter time! Less people in my neighbor's backyard to be loud and ruin my brewing experience. That, and temperatures inside the house are favorable to all sorts of fermentation (lagers-ales).

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Old 12-03-2010, 10:29 PM   #25
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As everyone's been saying, winter is a WAY better time to brew. Throw an aquarium heater into a tub of water and drop your fermentor in there and you'll be fine. Much easier to raise temps than lower them.

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Old 12-04-2010, 01:24 AM   #26
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I gotta say that I am not a fan of winter brewing. That tap water is COLD when it's freezing out. Good for wort chilling, but bad for just about everything else. Brr!

I have a fridge with a heating pad in it for fermenting, so controlling ferment temps isn't the issue for me. It's the actual wort cooking that gets uncomfortable if it's too cold (or too hot for that matter)

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I think 20C is actually on the high end of most ale yeast strain's fermentation temperatures. If yours says 20-24 is optimum, I would question the type of yeast you're using. If it's Coopers or Munton's, I'd throw it away and get a good brand of quality yeast.
Complete nonsense. Coopers is a good quality yeast.
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It will be my first BIAB brewing this weekend -14 C for high on Saturday, brewing on deck. Chilling wort in snow will be a breeze but keeping temp steady during mash will be a problem I imagine

I've read on here that trying to cool your wort in the snow really isn't a good idea (assuming you mean put the kettle IN snow.) Snow is a great insulator and it will take forever to chill. If you meant putting snow in the actual kettle, then disregard this post!
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I don't brew a lot during the spring and summer because of other interests. All of them outside and away from the house!

During fall and winter though, it's game on! Not a fan of the cold weather by any stretch but, there's something about hanging out in the garage with the space heater going and the smell of wort in the air! The basement smells like a bakery for a few days as well...

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As everyone's been saying, winter is a WAY better time to brew. Throw an aquarium heater into a tub of water and drop your fermentor in there and you'll be fine. Much easier to raise temps than lower them.
Don't know why I never thought of that, but that is a great idea. I'd like to bump up the ambient in my crawl space to about 65-66, since the SWMBO kinda bitc....uh, complains about the fermenters in the mud/utility room.
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